Courses

Prepare for retirement and learn key steps to creating a reliable, long-term income stream. We will discuss Social Security optimization, tax management techniques, risk management, and investment strategies to both protect and grow your income during retirement. Don't get caught unprepared for retirement.


October 19-21, 2021, HCC 0140
Autumn often conjures up the aromas of apple pie and pumpkin bread. This fall, kick up your holiday menus with an assortment of trendy gluten-free treats. Using a variety of cooking and baking techniques, students will gain hands-on experience in making the following recipes: Roasted Pumpkin Shell Breakfast Bowls, Coconut Curry Chickpeas with Pumpkin, Apple-Parsnip Puree, and Spiced Pumpkin-Apple Cake.


Saturday, October 30, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
This course is designed to help you begin or take the next step toward changing any behavior (e.g., losing weight, eating better, improving a relationship, reducing stress, creating life balance, etc.). Learn the five evidence-based principles that have proven essential to the foundation of successful behavioral change.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover reasons why you are unable to sleep at night, struggling with low energy, or why your libido has disappeared. Hormones can influence behavior and mood, give zest for life or leave you dragging. Explore the connection between thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones, and learn how you can gain control.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021, HCC 0190
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Get a new perspective on time management. This hands-on 3-hour course shows you how to support your brain so you can be more efficient with time, more effective in planning, and experience less stress and overwhelm.


Thursday, September 9, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Monday, November 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Who doesn't love pasta and cheese? With this classic Italian dish, Chef Candy will teach you the art of creating fresh egg pasta and turn it into a delicious stuffed ravioli. Paired with a simple marinara sauce and your family has a beautiful Italian feast for dinner.


Saturday, November 6, 2021, CUL 117
Flank Steak has grown in popularity over the years. Home cooks and chefs alike have come to realize how delicious and affordable it is, making it a must-know dish for every household. Chef Candy will teach students how to cook the meat to the desired temperature and then pair it with a delicious salsa verde. Students will also learn how to make restaurant-quality French fries. Put them all together and you have a perfect meal!


Saturday, October 23, 2021, CUL 117
Create roasted chicken with creamy scalloped potatoes just like mom used to make. Learn the proper technique to truss your chicken so it results in a juicy, evenly roasted bird without burned legs and wings. Drizzled with pan gravy and a healthy side of scalloped potatoes and you have a perfect Sunday night dinner or something new for your holiday meal.


Saturday, November 20, 2021, CUL 117
Take your cooking to the next level with this classic shrimp recipe made with garlic, white wine and butter sauce. Learn to sauté rice with aromatics for a deliciously seasoned rice pilaf dish. Serve with roasted broccolini and you have a simple dish, elegant enough to serve at holiday dinners. This Italian classic should be in every home chef's repertoire!


Saturday, December 11, 2021, CUL 117
Impress your friends and learn how to make those pricey, yet beautiful and delicious French cookies: Macarons and Madeleines. Start by making meringue for your Macarons and learn to pipe it into perfect rounds. After they are baked, you will fill them with two different fillings: lemon curd and ganache. You will also create buttery Madeleines, crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside. Finish by dipping them in chocolate. Délicieux!


Saturday, October 30, 2021, CUL 116
This three-hour food writing workshop will encompass readings, writing exercises, sharing work, and discussion of writing practices and resources. This workshop is designed to bring creativity into the world of food-writing, or more specifically, to use food as a subject for creative writing. Writing exercises will be based on sensory and memory prompts, and looking at the subject of food in unusual ways.


Saturday, November 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Should I outline and if so, when? In this workshop, we'll look at multiple aspects of outlining in writing fiction and nonfiction. We'll look at the pros and cons of outlining our work vs. letting it all hang out. We'll look at prewriting, outlining, and reverse outlining, and participate in writing exercises that help us understand what works best for our individual writing styles and processes.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, HCC 0260
Join Lynne Dean, a retired latent fingerprint expert who helped track The Green River Killer, in this fascinating look into the real world of crime scene investigation. View the inside workings of a forensic fingerprint laboratory, learn about the practice of fingerprint mutilation to prevent detection and actively review and analyze evidence from real crime scenes. This course is great for the CSI amateur enthusiast, mystery writers or book clubs. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover how to create classic sauces that are dairy-free and full of decadent flavor! Join Chef Holly as she teaches you how to make a variety of delicious recipes including Hollandaise, Basil Pesto, Spicy Thai Peanut, and Chocolate Hot Fudge, all without dairy products.


Sunday, October 3, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Gail Jett to explore the basics of energy healing and energy medicine. Learn the science behind these modalities and ways to augment your own health and well-being with some simple techniques that can increase energy, vitality, mental clarity and focus.


Saturday, September 25, 2021, CHLAB 301
Find out why living trusts are essential regardless of wealth. This overview of estate planning addresses probate, estate and capital gains taxes, health and long-term care planning, and legal and financial options. Your instructor is a local attorney who specializes in estate planning.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021, HCC 0230
Ensure that your estate is passed on according to your wishes after you are gone. This class will give you an overview of personal estate planning and address the preparation and uses of different planning tools and documents, including power of attorney, advanced directives, trusts and wills. Prepare for your future and take the fear out of estate planning with simple, inexpensive solutions to probate for small estates. Your instructor is a local attorney who specializes in estate planning.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Explore the reasons for establishing a Durable Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, Medical Authorization, Will, or Living Trust, especially in these uncertain times. This overview of estate planning addresses creating an estate plan, trust administration, probate, and estate taxes.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Practice your baking skills and learn how to make delicious flatbreads from around the world. Chef Katy will discuss mixing, shaping and baking techniques for different types of dough. Recipes will include Semolina Rosemary Crackers, Naan with Sesame Seeds and Pita Bread.


Saturday, December 4, 2021, CUL 116
Learn relevant information on a variety of financial topics including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and asset allocation. This course will also review the basics of retirement planning, estate planning and preparing for the unexpected.


Thursday, August 5, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Ghosting," we will explore pieces and prompts that play with the idea of the unseen or the missing. Not necessarily the paranormal!


Sunday, October 24, 2021, RTEC 124
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "What's in a Name?", we will explore the power of names. Through a series of prompts about people's names, the names of things, and the names of places, we will investigate how naming can help writers with characterization, world-building, and description.


Sunday, December 5, 2021, RTEC 124
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Writing What You See," we will use a variety of images to create characters, settings, and inspire scenes.


Sunday, November 14, 2021, RTEC 124
Using a variety of gluten-free flours and baking techniques, participants will gain hands-on experience in baking delicious treats. Recipes include Flaxseed Bread (with almond & coconut flours), Jam-Filled Walnut Scones (with gluten-free flour mix), and Ginger Snap Cookies (with buckwheat flour).


Saturday, October 16, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. Before you can get on air, you need to be licensed and understand the rules to operate legally. This course will help you prepare to pass the Ham Radio Licensed Technician test and obtain your license so you can begin your journey into ham radio. Students age 16 or older may register for this course but those under age 18 must attend with a paid parent or adult. There is an extra $15 fee for the test.


Saturday, October 16, 2021, HCC 0230
Saturday, November 20, 2021, HCC 0230
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor at New Basin Distilling Company in Madras, Oregon to learn about the making of whiskey. This course will explore different types of grain, the milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and aging of whiskey. This is a hands-on course where participants will be helping with each step of the process and learn how to legally distill whiskey. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and show ID.


Sunday, December 5, 2021, New Basin Distilling Company
Are you looking for alternatives to the traditional iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing salad that leaves you feeling hungry and empty? If so, join us as we create plant-based salads that contain loads of vegetables, protein, fiber, and most importantly - flavor. These creative new salads will leave you feeling healthy and vibrant, and your family will be asking for more.


Sunday, October 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Are you wondering how to use herbs for healing? This hands-on course will help students explore how to make and use simple herbal remedies. Students will learn to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, liniments, salves and syrups.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021, BEC 0152
Whether you are new to horses, struggling with your own horse, or looking to tune-up your handling and communication skills, this course will cover a wide range of skill-building activities to suit each individual's needs. No riding involved and no experience required. In the event of inclement weather, the course will be rescheduled. Wear closed-toe leather shoes and wear layers. Information on course location will be emailed to registered students.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, HORSETALK
Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair in this comprehensive two-day course designed for the beginner. Students will be able to go home after the first day and practice their skills, and return to ask specific questions. This hands-on course will take the mystery out of maintaining your bicycle and provide skills necessary to keep your bicycle running smoothly. All tools and bicycles will be provided by the instructor.


October 9-10, 2021, MDR 117
Interested in sharing your memoir, poetry, photographs or other creative work with the world? In this introductory course, learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the online platforms available for formatting, printing, and distributing your work, and which publishing methods are most appropriate for your goals.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Almost everyone now has a cinema-quality camera in their back pocket. Learn how to take advantage of the powerful camera in your smart phone to record short videos. Topics will include the foundations of image capturing, video production apps and equipment. Take these newly learned skills and record incredible family events, travelogues and personal stories.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021, CHLAB 301
Is it true that "we are what we eat?" Have you ever wondered if your diet affects your annual lab test results? Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter and examine common lab tests such as the Complete Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count, Lipid Panel and those that look at key essential nutrients. Explore what the lab results mean for your health. Learn ways to use your diet to effect positive change in your labs and your overall health.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Embrace your creativity this holiday season with handmade leather gifts. Using leather as your canvas, learn to paint and create a variety of unique pieces to share with family and friends. Students will complete 2-3 small leather gifts to share this holiday season. Materials provided.


Tuesday, November 9, 2021, BEC 0152
Using leather as your canvas, learn to paint and create a variety of gifts and jewelry to share with family and friends. Come to class with your imagination brimming with ideas of patterns and colors you have seen in magazines, on Pinterest, or your own travel journals! Students will complete 2-3 small leather pieces to take home. Materials provided.


Saturday, October 16, 2021, BEC 0152
Embrace the magic of the holidays by learning to create fresh greenery wreaths and swags. This hands-on course provides step-by-step instructions on how to make and decorate holiday wreaths for your home or to give away as unique gifts. Students will create two wreaths and a swag using natural materials such as mixed greenery, pinecones, berries and more. Materials are included in the price of the course.


Saturday, November 20, 2021, CHLAB 301
Learn what you need to know to make the most of your Social Security before it's too late!


Wednesday, October 6, 2021, HCC 0140
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a continual learning process. Professionals with previous MI training or practice will continue developing skills in their role supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes.


Friday, November 5, 2021, CAS 104
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a conversation style that supports change in a manner congruent with a person's own values and concerns using collaborative, goal-orientated methods of communication. This introductory course covers the spirit, core skills and processes of Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as the most current research of MI use and effective practice.


Friday, October 8, 2021, CAS 104
Make your transition from peer to supervisor successful! Being promoted to a role supervising your former peers is one of the most difficult transitions to make in your career. Learn how to develop agreements to hold yourself and others accountable, build your team, set goals, support your organization and create documentation of poor performance.


Thursday, October 28, 2021, CAS 104
Dietary supplements can be valuable aids for restoring and maintaining your health, or they can be an unnecessary expense that may even harm your health. Learn tips for buying, storing and taking supplements and how to assess if the supplements you take are actually working for you.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021, CHLAB 301
This is the annual Oregon Association of Community & Continuing Education Spring Forum which is an in-service training for Continuing Education professionals throughout Oregon.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Celebrate your life by using your photos to create a calendar! Enjoy memories from the past throughout 2022 by creating a calendar for the coming year. Professional organizer and photo coach Debbie Bauman will take you step-by-step through how to select an online platform, upload or access your digital photos and create a personalized calendar.


Saturday, December 4, 2021, CHLAB 207
Holiday cards are fun to give and receive. This year surprise your family and friends with a personalized card using your photos. Professional organizer & photo coach Debbie Bauman will share examples of holiday card layout ideas, take you step-by-step through how to select an online platform, upload or access your digital photos, and work with you to create a beautiful personalized card.


Tuesday, November 2, 2021, CHLAB 207
Dive into the world of digital photography. Learn how to capture a beautiful image and use simple photo editing techniques to create a final product. Course includes an overview of basic camera controls as well as post-processing techniques. No experience required. Bring your camera and user's manual.


Saturday, October 9, 2021, RTEC 124
Saturday, November 6, 2021, RTEC 124
This course was such a hit last fall that we're doing it again this year with new recipes! The fall and winter holidays call for an assortment of dishes that highlight seasonal flavors and mouth-watering ingredients. Join Chef Holly as she demonstrates how to make delicious show-stopping plant-based dishes such as Butternut-Sage Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce, Creamy Green Bean Casserole, and Candy Cane Cupcakes--all 100% plant-based!


Tuesday, November 9, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
You can slow bone loss and many times even reverse it by improving nutrition and addressing underlying causes. We'll identify the foods, supplements and habits that help bone rebuilding the most.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021, CHLAB 301
Learn to make pies without a pie pan. In this course, you will create a delicious roasted vegetable and cheese galette wrapped in a flaky pastry shell. Add a simple salad or cup of soup to this rustic free-form pie and you have the perfect dinner on a chilly evening.


Saturday, November 13, 2021, CUL 116
Everyone judges a book by its cover. In this course for self-publishers, study the principles of good cover design, learn how to find stock images and fonts that can be used in commercial projects, and observe a demonstration on how to create a complete cover file using a graphic design program.


Saturday, December 4, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Want to learn to sew, but not sure how to use your sewing machine? This course is a great way to get started on your sewing adventure. Bring your machine and owner's manual and learn common features shared by all standard sewing machines, as well as some features specific to your model. This two-hour course is intended for the beginner with a portable, standard sewing machine (not specialty machines for quilting or embroidery).


Tuesday, October 5, 2021, BEC 0160
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, BEC 0160
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, BEC 0160
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, BEC 0160
This online meeting will help you gather information about COCC's bilingual training preparing individuals to serve as Health Care Interpreters in medical settings. Registration for meeting is required to receive online access link.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn the details of recent Tax Law changes and how it may affect your personal tax situation. Discussion will include tax optimization strategies for gifting, Social Security, HSAs, estate planning and investments including Roth conversions.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021, HCC 0140
Medicare is a critical source of health insurance for 44 million Americans. You need in-depth information on the often confusing process of the Medicare system to make informed choices with your own, or a loved one's, health insurance.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Thursday, October 14, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Tidy Your Space. Spark Joy. Transform Your Life. The KonMari Method? is the art of simplifying and organizing your home by choosing to keep the physical items that bring you joy and letting go of the rest with gratitude. Join Melissa Jean, a Certified Master KonMari Consultant, as she introduces the philosophy, practice and practical application of tidying up your life and space using this method.


Thursday, October 21, 2021, CHLAB 301
Learn how to boost and maintain a strong immune system so you can have more energy, better mood balance and greater resilience in the face of stress or injury.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021, CHLAB 301
If you have ever had bodywork done such as massage, acupuncture, or other forms of energy work, you have been told to drink plenty of water afterward. Have you ever wondered why? Join Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Gail Jett to gain a deeper understanding of the critical role that water plays in your health, the surprising history of water research and the current level of scientific understanding - the information may surprise you!


Saturday, October 2, 2021, CHLAB 301
Discover simple watercolor techniques to create flowers, trees and cattails with the addition of ink to accent and define shapes. Materials provided.


Monday, October 4, 2021, RDM3 306
Thursday, November 4, 2021, BEC 0152
This course builds on skills learned in the Watercolor Simplified course. Use salt, plastic wrap, spray bottles, and masking fluid to create texture and depth. Materials provided.


Monday, October 18, 2021, RDM3 306
Thursday, November 18, 2021, BEC 0152
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor from New Basin Distilling Company in Madras, Oregon to learn about Irish Whiskey. While we sample different varieties of Irish whiskey, we will explore the history, distilling process and unique characteristics of the different regions of Ireland. Participants will receive a tasting kit including six samples of Irish whiskey, a tasting guide and a whiskey tasting glass for blind nosing and tasting to determine their favorite. Tasting kit included in the price. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and show ID to pick up the kit. Kits cannot be mailed.


Sunday, August 22, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn about whiskeys from around the world. This course will explore key whiskey distilling regions and discover what makes their whiskey special. Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor from New Basin Distilling Company in Madras, Oregon as he takes you on this worldly whiskey nosing and tasting journey. Tasting kit included in the price. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and show ID to pick up the kit. Kits cannot be mailed.


Sunday, October 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
This course is designed for those who like wine and want to know more about it, and for those who would like to enjoy wine and just don't know where to begin. Start with a tasting and analysis of the basic components of wine - sugar, acid, tannin, and alcohol, the foundation required to knowledgeably taste and analyze wines. Discover some of the most important wine grapes and wine regions by tasting, discussing, and scoring several wines. Students must be 21 years of age or older and show ID.


Friday, November 12, 2021, CUL 120